Earnings-related benefits and pensions: An analysis illustrated by examples from Sweden


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May 1985

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Earnings-related benefits and pensions are directed to particular target groups who temporarily or permanently do not earn an income; for example, retired senior citizens, unemployed workers, employees on sick leave. The amount of money paid to beneficiaries and pensioners does not depend on their present private income, but it is related to their past record of earnings prior to the event that took them out of the work force. In this paper, attention is given to Swedish earnings-related transfer payments other than pensions received by senior citizens. Superannuation in general is discussed, and an analysis made of the pros and cons with earnings- related transfer payments, relating them to other changes presently occurring in the modern industrialised society. (Introduction, edited)

This Occasional Paper was prepared by Professor Hultaker while he was a Visiting Fellow with the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 1984. He is Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University, Sweden, and is currently Secretary of the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association